During my formative years in bowling, I religiliously tuned into the Professional Bowlers Association Tour on ABC television, listening to commentators Chris Schenkel and Billy Welu.

Gleaned from those ABC telecasts, which ran from 1962-1997, I picked up attributes of bowlers who were "similar" to my style and assimilated them to my own game.

Now, ABC is finally gone from televised bowling, but the future is still bright.

After ABC finally stepped aside after 35 years, CBS and Fox Sports Net filled the breach for the next two years. Then the ABC offshoot, ESPN, took over in 2000 until earlier this year.

A new era is set to begin later this month as FOX Sports and the PBA announced in March its 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour television schedule — featuring 30 telecasts, four on FOX and 26 on FS1.

This 2019 schedule includes 60 hours of coverage, nearly double last year’s schedule and the most in decades. Nineteen of the telecasts are live, the most in 11 years. Four events airing on FOX marks the most PBA action on network broadcast TV since 1999.

A bonus event is the PBA Clash on Dec. 23, on FOX. This 90-minute special will feature top PBA stars in a unique competition, plus a look at the new year and upcoming events on FOX and FS1.

The eight bowlers in the PBA Clash announced recently are Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen, Andrew Anderson, E.J. Tackett, Dominic Barrett, Stuart Williams, Marshall Kent and Jakob Butturff.

Even better than live television, is watching the pros live in person. You have that opportunity to see the pros up close and personals as the tour will visit Indianapolis on Feb.19-24.

• Local news —Charles Paul Rott recently bowled a 300 game in league play at Brazilian Lanes. Don't forget, a 3-Person Team Shootout is set for today at Paradise Bowl in Clinton.

 

2019 PBA-FOX Sports Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule (All times Eastern)

Dec. 23 — PBA Clash, Houston, (FOX, 2:30 or 4:30 p.m. depending on

viewer’s location).

Jan. 6 — PBA Hall of Fame Classic, Arlington, Texas (FS1, 11 a.m., live).

Jan. 13 — PBA Oklahoma Open, Shawnee, Okla. (FS1, 11 a.m., live).

Jan. 20 — Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, Shawnee,

Okla. (FS1, 1 p.m.).

Jan. 27 — PBA Lubbock Open, Lubbock, Texas (FS1, 3 p.m., live).

Feb. 3 — CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, Houston (FOX, 2 p.m.).

Feb. 10 — PBA Tournament of Champions, Fairlawn, Ohio (FOX, 5 p.m., live).

Feb. 17 — PBA Players Championship, Columbus, Ohio (FS1, 1 p.m., live).

Feb. 24 — PBA Indianapolis Open, Indianapolis, (FS1, 3 p.m., live).

March 3 — PBA Jonesboro Open, Jonesboro, Ark. (FS1, 5 p.m., live).

March 10 — World Bowling Tour Finals presented by PBA, Arlington,

Texas (FS1, 10 p.m.).

March 18 — PBA World Series of Bowling X Cheetah Championship, Allen

Park, Mich. (FS1, 8 p.m., live).

March 19 — PBA World Series of Bowling X Chameleon Championship, Allen

Park, Mich. (FS1, 8 p.m., live).

March 20 — PBA World Series of Bowling X Scorpion Championship, Allen

Park, Mich. (FS1, 8 p.m., live).

March 21 — PBA World Series of Bowling PBA World Championship, Allen

Park, Mich. (FS1, 8 p.m., live).

March 22 — PBA World Series of Bowling X USA vs The World, Allen Park,

Mich. (FS1, 8 p.m.).

April 1 — USBC Masters, Las Vegas (FS1, 9 p.m., live)

April 8 — PBA Playoffs Round of 24, Portland, Maine (FS1, 7 p.m., live).

April 15 — PBA Playoffs Round of 24, Portland, Maine (FS1, 8 p.m.).

April 22 — PBA Playoffs Round of 24, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).

April 29 — PBA Playoffs Round of 24, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).

May 6 — PBA Playoffs Round of 16, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).

May 13 — PBA Playoffs Round of 16, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).

May 20 — PBA Playoffs Quarterfinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).

May 27 — PBA Playoffs Quarterfinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).

Saturday, June 1 — PBA Playoffs Final Four, Portland, Maine (FOX, noon, live).

June 2 — PBA Playoffs Championship Round, Portland, Maine (FOX, noon, live).

July 16 — PBA League Quarterfinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 7 p.m., live).

July 16 — PBA League Quarterfinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m., live).

July 17 — PBA League Semifinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m., live).

July 18 — PBA League Elias Cup Finals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m., live).

 

Dennis Clark is a member of the Terre Haute Bowler's Hall of Fame.